Gophers men’s golf wins first tournament of the spring season

Minnesota had five of its golfers in the top 20 of the leaderboard, with Angus Flanagan taking home his second consecutive individual title as the team tied for first place.

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Sophomore Angus Flanagan plays during the Gopher Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018.

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A spectacular Sunday showing for the Gophers men’s golf team at Firethorn Golf Course in Lincoln, Nebraska, gave the Gophers a share of the Git-R-Done Husker Invitational title with Kansas State.

The Gophers shot a 5-under 279 — their lowest round of the season — to achieve their first tournament victory since winning the Macdonald Cup in New Haven, Connecticut, in September 2019. Overall, they finished even-par at 852: (290-283-279).

Senior Angus Flanagan shot a 5-under 66 on Sunday to win medalist honors. Flanagan’s 66 was the lowest by any Minnesota golfer this season, and he was one shot away from his career low of 65, which he has achieved twice, in the 2019 Big Ten championships and the 2019 Gopher Invitational.

Nationally ranked No. 9, Flanagan is the first Gopher to win consecutive tournaments since Jose Mendez won the Rutherford Intercollegiate and the 2014 Big Ten championship.

Junior Lincoln Johnson earned his second career top-10 finish, placing ninth and scoring 2-over 215. It was just the second time Johnson achieved consecutive rounds under par, his first being in his sophomore year at the 2019 Jerry Pate Intercollegiate.

Johnson and Flanagan placed in the top 10, while senior Thomas Longbella and freshman Ben Warian tied for 13th with a 4-over par 217. Longbella scored his best finish and 54-hole score this season with an even-par 71 on Sunday.

Sophomore Connor Glynn placed a season-high 20th with his lowest 54-hole score (219) and top score to par (+6).

Junior Harry Plowman-Ollington made his 2021 debut and finished 22-over 235. Plowman-Ollington was 1-under on the first nine holes on Sunday but had a final nine to forget, finishing 15-over on the day.

The Gophers have until April 30 off to prepare for the Big Ten championships, taking place at Crooked Stick Golf Course in Carmel, Indiana. The Big Ten championships go through May 2.